Porcelain Dental Veneers

woman-with-question-markSo you’re thinking of veneers.

Whether you want a subtle change or a real transformation then read on to see if these little porcelain beauties are right for you.

During her career Dr. Marnie has placed hundreds of veneers and crowns. She really loves the process of artistically crafting natural smiles that are as unique as each of her patients. We understand not only smile design but how color, texture, shade and shape all merge together to give you natural veneers that can blend invisibly into your smile.
What is a veneer? Veneers are thin porcelain shells, custom crafted by a dental laboratory technician, that are bonded to the enamel of your natural tooth. If you’ve ever had acrylic or gel nails then you will understand that it is somewhat similar. Veneers can be made as thin as a contact lens and are used to instantly change the shape, color or size of your teeth.contact lens

Are veneers right for me? If your teeth are slightly crowded, crooked, worn down or if you have gaps between your teeth then YES veneers may for you. If you have some stained fillings that are showing then again, yes, veneers may be just what you are looking for. If you just would like to have a whiter smile because your teeth have yellowed with time … then guess what? Porcelain veneers may be for you.However, if your teeth are very crowded then it is possible that orthodontics should be considered before starting the veneer process. If your gums are inflamed due to gingivitis or if you have gum recession and/or bone loss due to periodontal disease then other options should be considered

How many veneers will I need? Again this is a very personal situation, sometimes one veneer can be blended beautifully and the results superb. Other times 2 or 4 or 6 or 10. It really depends on where you are starting and where you hope to end up. Below are two different patients of Dr. Marnie’s, one has 3 veneers and the other has 10 veneersIMG_2465

What are the differences between ‘no’prep, DaVinci, Emax, Empress and feldspathic veneers? You have probably seen a lot of advertisements about the different types of veneers and wondered, what is the difference? Well veneers are veneers just like … well chicken soup is chicken soup … think Campbells vs Liptons vs Grandmas …)Each of these brands, along with dozens of others, are trademarked and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Which is best for you? It really depends on your own unique personal situation and your hopes to the eventual outcome. We can help you make a decision to see if one of these brands is right for you.

Veneers vs. crowns – how do they differ? A veneer will often cover the front and sides of a tooth. It is bonded to enamel and is used where minimal tooth preparation is done. A strong veneer will require a very strong tooth underneath it. This means lots of remaining enamel. A porcelain crown is made of, yes you guessed it, porcelain. But the difference lies in how much natural tooth structure is underneath.

In todays modern dental practice the material used is often the same for both crowns and veneers. What differs is the shape of the underlying tooth and how the porcelain is bonded to the tooth. What is often not well understood is that dental insurance often will not contribute towards a veneer and yet will assist with the payment of a porcelain crown.IMG_9288

A porcelain crown is used to strengthen and improve the appearance of a weakened tooth.

A veneers primary goal is to create beautiful smiles.

My teeth are crooked or yellow? Slight or minimal crowding can easily be corrected with veneers. Small teeth or gaps between your teeth can also be easily and beautifully transformed with the use of porcelain veneers. If you love the shape and position of your teeth but find yourself seeing the effects of time and staining then whitening your teeth may be a very cost effective solution to fall in love again with your smile.

Are veneers safe, do veneers damage my teeth? Veneers are a long lasting solution and will not damage your teeth if they are chosen as an appropriate treatment option for your unique situation. You should remember that a thin layer of enamel is usually removed to create the room needed for the porcelain veneer. When you realize this you will recognize that veneers are usually a one-way procedure and can not easily be undone. Before choosing a dentist to create or place your veneers make sure they have the experience needed to give you the results you have in mind.

Are veneers permanent? Sorry, nothing in life is permanent. The best veneers placed in the healthiest mouths will still likely need to be changed at some future point. The margin between the porcelain and tooth may stain or a porcelain veneer may chip. When will your veneers need to be replaced? Somewhere between 5 and 40 years depending on your own overall personal and oral health, your bite (or occlusion) and the skill of the dentist.

Can I change the color of my veneers? Unfortunately no, you cannot change the color of your veneers or your crowns. At least not easily. In rare situations, usually when a veneer is chipped, filling material can be bonded onto the veneer. Remember the color you choose for the veneers cannot easily be altered. So if you are thinking about getting veneers for your top teeth but want the veneers to be whiter than your natural tooth color, consider bleaching first. Bleaching your teeth before having veneers placed allows for a much more natural result to be achieved.

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